3 weeks Death toll climbs to 9 in Batanes quakes MB
By Martin Sadongdong and Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz  Authorities on Monday reported the recovery of another fatality in the twin earthquakes that hit Batanes Saturday morning. (KEVIN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN) Updated information from the 505th Search and Rescue (SR) Group of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said the ninth fatality was identified as Edwin Ponce, 32, a casual employee of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The 505th PAF SR Group said they first recovered the victim’s foot Monday morning, and at past 2 p.m., his body was found in a supposed man-made cave where he seemed to have sought shelter ... more